SCBWI, in conjunction with First Book, is launching its first international "Inside Story" event at select independent bookstores this November.
The pilot program will launch in ten cities. It has two purposes: to provide an opportunity for young readers, teachers, librarians, and children's book lovers to become acquainted with new releases, and to build traffic and sales for independent bookstores. A group of authors and illustrators will have a brief time to share the "inside story" behind their 2012 or 2013 publications and support independent bookstores.
SCBWI will provide publicity, volunteers for the day of the event, and special prizes to help bring in patrons, including a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author and a grand prize drawing across all bookstores to have a character in a new Almost Identical book by Lin Oliver named after them. In addition, First Book will donate a book to a child in need for every book purchased at an SCBWI Inside Story event.
SCBWI President Stephen Mooser and Executive Director Lin Oliver say,
“We are delighted that the SCBWI is partnering with First Book to call attention to the great books our illustrator and author members have created. We hope that by next year independent bookstores around the world will be a part of this very special day.”If you're lucky enough to be geographically close to one of the participating bookstores, make sure to check out Inside Story this weekend!
Illustrate and Write On,